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Mike Vines

Mike Vines
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Adam Twidell
Adam Twidell, founder and CEO of online business jet charter booking company PrivateFly, says his bookings have increased by 60% since this time last year.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Biggin Hill's Will Curtis, Andrew Walters and Robert Walters
There are three men behind Biggin Hill Airport’s long, but now successful, crusade to make the local community realize that a world-class specialist airfield is an asset.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Design Q's Howard Guy and Gary Doy
Remember the Bombardier Global 7000 fuselage mockup at EBACE last year? You almost certainly walked through it. From flight deck to rear bulkhead, the entire volume had to be built from scratch in just eight months by Design Q.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Sky Valet's Dominique Thillaud
In late April a relatively small French FBO operator swallowed one of the larger European FBO chains. More European consolidation? Definitely.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Gama Aviation's Marwan Khalek
Two of Europe’s leading business aviation charter and aircraft management companies, privately-owned Gama Aviation and publicly-traded Hangar8, announced in January they would merge to form one of the five largest business jet operators in the world.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: ExecuJet's Niall Olver
Niall Olver, the outgoing CEO, chairman and founder of the ExecuJet Aviation Group is in the Top 10 as a tribute to his continuous contribution to business aviation.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Luxaviation's Patrick Hansen
Luxaviation has a voracious appetite for business jet operating companies, but despite strong rumors that it was to buy ExecuJet, when news finally broke on May 5 it still shocked many within the industry by the scale of the takeover.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: FAI's Siegfried Axtmann
Germany’s very successful FAI rent-a-jet has gone from strength to strength over its 28-year history under the guidance of its inspirational Founder and Chairman Siegfried Axtmann.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Take Air's Matthieu Dardenne
Germany’s very successful FAI rent-a-jet has gone from strength to strength over its 28-year history under the guidance of its inspirational Founder and Chairman Siegfried Axtmann.
Top 10 Leaders For EBACE 2015: Thierry and Daniela Boutsen
Dynamic duo Thierry and Daniela Boutsen each run their independent business aviation-related companies. Thierry is founder and chairman of Boutsen Aviation, and his wife, Daniela, is founder and president of complementary company Boutsen Design.
Shanghai Hawker Pacific Reports 18% First-Quarter Growth 
Activity at business aviation support company Shanghai Hawker Pacific remains robust, despite the slump in business aircraft sales in China.
Business Aviation Heads East 

New economic optimism from western investors is being matched by an explosion in business aviation activity across Eastern Europe, through Moscow and beyond. The farther east you go the busier it gets. It's ``gold rush time'' say some, but it is the infrastructure problems in these countries that have caused many people and companies to use the classic tool of business aviation for the first time. ``It's the only way to cover the area in a short space of time,'' say many investors.

Business Is Buzzing Again in Brazil 

Despite a 14-month delay in FAA/EASA certification of the Embraer 170 and the reorganized introduction of this next generation of regional jets, the recent rollout of the Embraer 190 (the longer fuselage version of the 170) and its healthy order book has brought broad Brazilian smiles to the faces of anxious company executives. In the corporate jet arena, Embraer is determined to increase the ``nationalization'' or Brazilian content of its Legacy corporate jets, with company technicians fitting more of the $2 million interiors in Brazil.

British Operator Plans Facility, Fleet Expansion 

Multiflight, a U.K. FBO, charter operator and flight school, is undertaking am ambitious expansion plan set for completion in mid- to late 2002.

In late September, the Leeds/Bradford International Airport-based operator was slated to take delivery of a new Boeing BBJ2 -- the first of its type in the U.K. or Europe. The green aircraft will be flown directly to Lufthansa Technik in Ham-burg, Germany, for completion.

Signature Exits LCY 

Signature Flight Support, part of the BBA Group, will cease operating the FBO at London City Airport (LCY) at the end of November, when the airport itself will take over responsibility for corporate aviation activity. The airport is building a new FBO.

A BBA spokesperson said the company was ``very sorry to lose the business and at some point in the future, if it is possible, or there is an opportunity, we would like to get the business back.''

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